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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937502/type-iii-interferons-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-association-between-interferon-%C3%AE-3-disease-activity-and-anti-ro-ssa-antibodies
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Luis M Amezcua-Guerra, Ricardo Márquez-Velasco, Adriana K Chávez-Rueda, Diana Castillo-Martínez, Felipe Massó, Araceli Páez, Juan Colín-Fuentes, Rafael Bojalil
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess associations between serum type III (λ) interferons (IFN-λ) and disease activity in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Serum levels of IFN-λ1, IFN-λ2, and IFN-λ3 were measured in 93 SLE patients and 67 healthy individuals. The associations with overall disease activity, organ-specific damage, and SLE-related antibodies were assessed. RESULTS: Median IFN-λ1 levels were 0 pg/mL (range, 0-510 pg/mL) and 0 pg/mL (0-171 pg/mL; P = 0...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937472/type-iii-interferons-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-association-between-interferon-%C3%AE-3-disease-activity-and-anti-ro-ssa-antibodies
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Luis M Amezcua-Guerra, Ricardo Márquez-Velasco, Adriana K Chávez-Rueda, Diana Castillo-Martínez, Felipe Massó, Araceli Páez, Juan Colín-Fuentes, Rafael Bojalil
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess associations between serum type III (λ) interferons (IFN-λ) and disease activity in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Serum levels of IFN-λ1, IFN-λ2, and IFN-λ3 were measured in 93 SLE patients and 67 healthy individuals. The associations with overall disease activity, organ-specific damage, and SLE-related antibodies were assessed. RESULTS: Median IFN-λ1 levels were 0 pg/mL (range, 0-510 pg/mL) and 0 pg/mL (0-171 pg/mL; P = 0...
October 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934312/clinical-characteristics-and-12-month-outcomes-of-patients-with-valvular-and-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-in-kenya
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Tecla M Temu, Kathleen A Lane, Changyu Shen, Loise Ng'ang'a, Constantine O Akwanalo, Peng-Sheng Chen, Wilfred Emonyi, Susan R Heckbert, Myra M Koech, Imran Manji, Matteo Vatta, Eric J Velazquez, Jennifer Wessel, Sylvester Kimaiyo, Thomas S Inui, Gerald S Bloomfield
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major contributor to the global cardiovascular disease burden. The clinical profile and outcomes of AF patients with valvular heart diseases in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have not been adequately described. We assessed clinical features and 12-month outcomes of patients with valvular AF (vAF) in comparison to AF patients without valvular heart disease (nvAF) in western Kenya. METHODS: We performed a cohort study with retrospective data gathering to characterize risk factors and prospective data collection to characterize their hospitalization, stroke and mortality rates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934238/a-tool-to-automatically-analyze-electromagnetic-tracking-data-from-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy-of-breast-cancer-patients
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Th I Götz, G Lahmer, V Strnad, Ch Bert, B Hensel, A M Tomé, E W Lang
During High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR-BT) the spatial position of the radiation source inside catheters implanted into a female breast is determined via electromagnetic tracking (EMT). Dwell positions and dwell times of the radiation source are established, relative to the patient's anatomy, from an initial X-ray-CT-image. During the irradiation treatment, catheter displacements can occur due to patient movements. The current study develops an automatic analysis tool of EMT data sets recorded with a solenoid sensor to assure concordance of the source movement with the treatment plan...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931779/the-efficacy-of-medical-treatment-in-patients-with-acromegaly-in-clinical-practice
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Seo Young Lee, Jung Hee Kim, Ji Hyun Lee, Yong Hwy Kim, Hyang Jin Cha, Sang Wan Kim, Sun Ha Paek, Chan Soo Shin
Although somatostatin analogues (SSAs) are recommended as the first-line medical therapy for acromegaly, dopamine agonists (DAs) are also a therapeutic option for treatment. We aimed to assess and compare the efficacies of DAs and SSAs in treating acromegaly in clinical practice. We included 89 patients with acromegaly who took DAs (bromocriptine [BCT], n = 63; cabergoline [CAB], n = 11) or SSAs (n = 15) as a primary medical therapy for more than 3 months in the Seoul National University Hospital. The CAB (45...
September 20, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931037/assessment-of-renal-function-in-routine-care-of-people-living-with-hiv-on-art-in-a-resource-limited-setting-in-urban-zambia
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Andreas Deckert, Florian Neuhann, Christina Klose, Thomas Bruckner, Claudia Beiersmann, John Haloka, Mannie Nsofwa, Greg Banda, Maik Brune, Helmut Reutter, Dietrich Rothenbacher, Martin Zeier
INTRODUCTION: Data on renal impairment in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) remains scarce, determination of renal function is not part of routine assessments. We evaluated renal function and blood pressure in a cohort of people living with HIV (PLWH) on antiretroviral treatment (ART) in the Renal Care Zambia project (ReCaZa). METHODS: Using routine data from an HIV outpatient clinic from 2011-2013, we retrospectively estimated the glomerular filtration rate (eGFR, CKD-Epi formula) of PLWH on ART in Lusaka, Zambia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929387/distinct-histopathological-characteristics-in-colorectal-submucosal-invasive-carcinoma-arising-in-sessile-serrated-adenoma-polyp-and-conventional-tubular-adenoma
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Takashi Murakami, Hiroyuki Mitomi, Takashi Yao, Tsuyoshi Saito, Tomoyoshi Shibuya, Naoto Sakamoto, Taro Osada, Sumio Watanabe
The histopathological characteristics of colorectal submucosal invasive carcinoma arising in sessile serrated adenoma/polyp (SSA/P), a rare malignant tumour, have not yet been fully elucidated. To investigate the features of such, we retrospectively analysed 40 submucosal invasive carcinomas with SSA/P (CA-SSA/P) and compared them to 129 cases of submucosal invasive carcinoma with conventional tubular adenoma (CA-AD). We additionally performed hMLH1 immunostaining. CA-SSA/Ps were significantly smaller than CA-ADs (P < 0...
September 19, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927878/risk-of-metachronous-high-risk-adenomas-and-large-serrated-polyps-in-individuals-with-serrated-polyps-on-index-colonoscopy-data-from-the-new-hampshire-colonoscopy-registry
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Joseph C Anderson, Lynn F Butterly, Christina M Robinson, Julia E Weiss, Christopher Amos, Amitabh Srivastava
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Surveillance guidelines for serrated polyps (SPs) are based on limited data on longitudinal outcomes of patients. We used the New Hampshire Colonoscopy Registry to evaluate risk of clinically important metachronous lesions associated with SPs, detected during index colonoscopies. METHODS: We collected data from a population-based colonoscopy registry that has been collecting and analyzing data on colonoscopies across the state of New Hampshire since 2004, including rates of adenoma and serrated polyp detection...
September 16, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927611/assessing-the-reactivity-of-cellulose-by-oxidation-with-4-acetamido-2-2-6-6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxo-piperidinium-cation-under-mild-conditions
#9
Pegah Khanjani, Saija Väisänen, Ville Lovikka, Kaarlo Nieminen, Thad Maloney, Tapani Vuorinen
The accessibility and reactivity of cellulose are key parameters in its conversion into various products. Several indirect measures, such as water retention value (WRV), fiber saturation point (FSP) and specific surface area (SSA), are often used to characterize cellulosic samples for their reactivity. In this paper, we report on using oxidation with 4-acetamido-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxo-piperidinium cation (4-AcNH-TEMPO(+)) as a probe reaction for the reactivity of cellulose in mild conditions (pH 9, room temperature)...
November 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927131/protein-expression-of-fragile-histidine-triad-and-cyclooxgenase-2-in-serrated-neoplasia-of-the-colorectum
#10
Akihiro Tamoto, Kazuo Yashima, Kohei Hosoda, Sohei Yamamoto, Soichiro Kawata, Yuichiro Ikebuchi, Kazuya Matsumoto, Koichiro Kawaguchi, Kenichi Harada, Yoshikazu Murawaki, Hajime Isomoto
The adenoma-carcinoma sequence (ACS) and the serrated pathway are two distinct developmental routes leading to the formation of colorectal carcinoma (CRC). However, the mechanism triggered by the serrated pathway remains unclear. Therefore, to clarify the molecular and clinicopathological characteristics of the serrated tumorigenic pathway, immunohistochemistry was used to examine the expression of Fragile Histidine Triad (FHIT), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), MutL homolog 1 (MLH1), MutS protein homolog 2 (MSH2) and P53 in endoscopically resected samples of 62 serrated polyps...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924598/carbon-dioxide-insufflation-is-associated-with-increased-serrated-polyp-detection-rate-when-compared-to-room-air-insufflation-during-screening-colonoscopy
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Michael Riverso, Yaseen B Perbtani, Jonathan J D Shuster, Joydeep Chakraborty, Tony S Brar, Mitali Agarwal, Han Zhang, Anand Gupte, Shailendra S Chauhan, Christopher E Forsmark, Peter V Draganov, Dennis Yang
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS : Sessile serrated adenomas (SSA) and traditional serrated adenomas (TSA) have been increasingly recognized as precursors of colorectal cancer. The aim of this study was to compare the effect of carbon dioxide insufflation (CO 2 I) vs. room air insufflation (AI) on serrated polyp detection rate (SPDR) and to identify factors associated with SPDR. PATIENTS AND METHODS : Single-center retrospective cohort study of 2083 screening colonoscopies performed with AI (November 2011 through January 2013) or CO 2 I (February 2013 to June 2015)...
September 2017: Endoscopy International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923040/systematic-review-a-review-of-adolescent-behavior-change-interventions-bci-and-their-effectiveness-in-hiv-and-aids-prevention-in-sub-saharan-africa
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M Mwale, A S Muula
BACKGROUND: Despite sub-Saharan Africa [SSA] constituting just 12% of the world's population, the region has the highest burden of HIV with 70% of HIV infection in general and 80% of new infections among young people occuring in the region. Diverse intervention programmes have been implemented among young people but with minimal translation to behavior change. A systematic review of Behavior Change Interventions [BCI] targeting adolescents in SSA was therefore conducted with the objective of delineating this intervention vis-a-vis efficacy gap...
September 18, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921478/interstitial-pneumonia-with-autoimmune-features-an-additional-risk-factor-for-ards
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Giacomo Grasselli, Beatrice Vergnano, Maria Rosa Pozzi, Vittoria Sala, Gabriele D'Andrea, Vittorio Scaravilli, Marco Mantero, Alberto Pesci, Antonio Pesenti
BACKGROUND: Interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features (IPAF) identifies a recently recognized autoimmune syndrome characterized by interstitial lung disease and autoantibodies positivity, but absence of a specific connective tissue disease diagnosis or alternative etiology. We retrospectively reviewed the clinical presentation, diagnostic workup and management of seven critically ill patients who met diagnostic criteria for IPAF. We compared baseline characteristics and clinical outcome of IPAF patients with those of the population of ARDS patients admitted in the same period...
September 18, 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920153/optimizing-somatostatin-analog-use-in-well-or-moderately-differentiated-gastroenteropancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors
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REVIEW
Alberto Carmona-Bayonas, Paula Jiménez-Fonseca, Ana Custodio, Enrique Grande, Jaume Capdevila, Carlos López, Alex Teule, Rocío Garcia-Carbonero
BACKGROUND: Somatostatin analogues, aiming to control tumor secretion or growth, constitute the most attractive therapeutic option for patients with well-differentiated gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs). The objective of this article is to provide a comprehensive review of the current state-of-the-art knowledge gaps and potential opportunities for future development and optimization of this therapeutic modality. METHOD: A contextualized systematic review with a narrative component was conducted using PubMed, The Cochrane Library, EMBASE, and Google Scholar...
September 18, 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918338/a-short-term-swimming-speed-alteration-test-with-nauplii-of-artemia-franciscana
#15
Silvia Morgana, Noelia Estévez-Calvar, Chiara Gambardella, Marco Faimali, Francesca Garaventa
The presence of toxicant needs to be assessed within short time in order to effectively protect the aquatic environment from serious threat. Based on the observation that at high temperatures aquatic organisms become more vulnerable to stressors than those maintained at room temperature, a new test was developed. The proposed bioassay consisted in the evaluation of the swimming speed alteration (SSA) of nauplii of Artemia franciscana incubated at 39°C (± 1) for 6h, using a Swimming Behavior Recorder system (SBR)...
September 14, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915541/temporal-variability-in-aerosol-characteristics-and-its-radiative-properties-over-patiala-northwestern-part-of-india-impact-of-agricultural-biomass-burning-emissions
#16
D Sharma, A K Srivastava, K Ram, A Singh, D Singh
A comprehensive measurements of aerosol optical depth (AOD), particulate matter (PM) and black carbon (BC) mass concentrations have been carried out over Patiala, a semi-urban site in northwest India during October 2008 to September 2010. The measured aerosol data was incorporated in an aerosol optical model to estimate various aerosol optical parameters, which were subsequently used for radiative forcing estimation. The measured AOD at 500 nm (AOD500) shows a significant seasonal variability, with maximum value of 0...
September 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913332/the-impact-of-disclosure-on-health-and-related-outcomes-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-children-a-literature-review
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REVIEW
Angela Odiachi
This review explores the association between pediatric human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disclosure and health and related outcomes among children living with HIV. A multi-stage process was used to search for relevant articles on the ISI Web of Knowledge database. Fifteen articles met the inclusion criteria. Five major outcomes emerged from children's knowledge of their HIV-seropositive status: physical/physiological outcomes; adherence to antiretroviral therapy; psychosocial outcomes; sexual and reproductive health, including HIV prevention outcomes; and disclosure of status by the children...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912341/the-role-of-blm-helicase-in-homologous-recombination-gene-conversion-tract-length-and-recombination-between-diverged-sequences-in-drosophila
#18
Henry A Ertl, Daniel P Russo, Noori Srivastava, Joseph T Brooks, Thu N Dao, Jeannine R LaRocque
DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) are a particularly deleterious class of DNA damage that threatens genome integrity. DSBs are repaired by three pathways: non-homologous end joining (NHEJ), homologous recombination (HR), and single-strand annealing (SSA). Drosophila melanogaster Blm (DmBlm) is the ortholog of Saccharomyces cerevisiae SGS1 and human BLM, and has been shown to suppress crossovers in mitotic cells and repair mitotic DNA gaps via HR. To further elucidate the role of DmBlm in repair of a simple DSB, and in particular recombination mechanisms, we utilized the DR-white and DR-white...
September 14, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911848/detecting-weak-position-fluctuations-from-encoder-signal-using-singular-spectrum-analysis
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Xiaoqiang Xu, Ming Zhao, Jing Lin
Mechanical fault or defect will cause some weak fluctuations to the position signal. Detection of such fluctuations via encoders can help determine the health condition and performance of the machine, and offer a promising alternative to the vibration-based monitoring scheme. However, besides the interested fluctuations, encoder signal also contains a large trend and some measurement noise. In applications, the trend is normally several orders larger than the concerned fluctuations in magnitude, which makes it difficult to detect the weak fluctuations without signal distortion...
September 11, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906541/roadmap-to-achieve-25-hypertension-control-in-africa-by-2025
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Anastase Dzudie, Brian Rayner, Dike Ojji, Aletta E Schutte, Marc Twagirumukiza, Albertino Damasceno, Seringe Abdou Ba, Abdoul Kane, Euloge Kramoh, Jean Baptiste Kacou, Basden Onwubere, Ruth Cornick, Karen Sliwa, Benedict Anisiuba, Ana Olga Mocumbi, Elijah Ogola, Mohamed Awad, George Nel, Harun Otieno, Ali Ibrahim Toure, Samuel Kingue, Andre Pascal Kengne, Pablo Perel, Alma Adler, Neil Poulter, Bongani Mayosi
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The Pan-African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) has identified hypertension as the highest area of priority for action to reduce heart disease and stroke on the continent. The aim of this PASCAR roadmap on hypertension was to develop practical guidance on how to implement strategies that translate existing knowledge into effective action and improve detection, treatment and control of hypertension and cardiovascular health in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by the year 2025...
July 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
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